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The Sites

In April 1936 ownership of the two sites were transferred to HM Governments Office of Works, for the cost of £100,000, a figure considered cheap at the time, at today’s costs this would amount to £5,300,000.

At this stage most of the previously agreed plans were brought into action with the first piles and boundary markers in place construction started in earnest.

Bulldozers moved in, and temporary roads were laid down and the land was cleared of scrub, and unwanted trees.

On the 20 th of April 1937 contracts were approved with the Great Western Railway for railway sidings at the Brackla Hill magazine site, sidings at the Waterton site, and for a marshalling yard. These totalled £61,930.0.0 with another £28,517.0.0 approved for site fencing, gates, and culverts being issued for competitive tendering.

Following behind surveyors marked out the site for drainage and building foundations, these were followed by the site contractors who set about digging the drainage ditches and laying building foundations.

It was decided to sink an artesian well at a cost of £1000 to £1500 to help reduce water costs from 1 shilling per 1000 gallons from the Water Utility Company to around 5d to 6d per 1000 gallons from the well. [One pence [1d] in 1936 would roughly equate to 21p in 2002]. Appendix 10

Initial estimates for building costs for both sites was £4,000,000.0.0 for the filling factory, with another £780,000.0.0 for Navy filling requirements.

It was planned to start the building process in September 1937 with the estimated Bridgend ROF expenditure set at £1,500,000 for the year.

Enormous amounts of building material would be needed over the next two to three years to create this mammoth complex.

 

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